The Morrison Government is investing in manufacturing in Stirling, ensuring our community and our nation bounces back strongly from the impact of Coronavirus.
Alcolizer Technology in Balcatta will receive $181,156 from the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF) to support the introduction of automated production lines, staff up-skilling and increase in export capacity, enabling a more than 22-fold increase in production of drug and COVID-19 tests.
Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, said today that the support comes at a critical time for the local manufacturing sector in Balcatta, and would further develop a key sovereign.
“The Morrison Government is committed to Australian manufacturing and supporting small and medium businesses like Alcolizer here in Stirling.
“Alcolizer has extensive R&D and manufacturing experience, including servicing law enforcement in the development of ‘Druglizer’ – an oral fluid which provides quick, on the spot screening which tests up to 7 drugs at one time.
“This investment will not only strengthen the business and create jobs, it will help build resilience in the local economy, further develop our capability to counter drug-related crime, and importantly, assist in the development of much needed COVID-19 antibody tests,” Mr Connelly said.
Alcolizer General Manager, Roger Hunt, said that the important investment would enable a scaling up in production from 900 to 20,000 units per day by purchasing the latest in robotic strip manufacturing technology to fully automate production and packing.
“This funding will assist Alcolizer to continue in the development of the first Australian Manufactured COVID-19 antibody test.
“Alcolizer is the only company providing Australian designed and manufactured Alcohol and Drug testing equipment for drugs of abuse and have been able to integrate a blood test cartridge into their drug testing module.
“With more than 30 years in the industry, we are creating new jobs by manufacturing in Australia and are now one of the largest suppliers of alcohol breath testing equipment to law enforcement in Australia, and other parts of the world such a Singapore, Vietnam, Brazil, USA and China,” Mr Hunt said.
200 projects worth more than $215 million dollars are being supported through the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF). The Federal Government is contributing $48.3 million.
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the projects are expected to create 2,600 Australian jobs and were about preparing Australian manufacturing beyond COVID-19 and the challenges of today.
“We established the MMF before the coronavirus pandemic to help small and medium sized manufacturers invest in capital equipment and new technologies to transform and upgrade their manufacturing operations,” Minister Andrews said.
“Now as we face the coronavirus pandemic and look to come out the other side stronger, this investment will be more critical than ever.
“I am determined to further strengthen Australian manufacturing and the current pandemic gives us the opportunity as a nation to reassess and commit to the values of Australian-made goods.”
The MMF builds on other Federal Government investments in manufacturing growth and competitiveness, including the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund, the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, and the $40 million Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.
For more information on the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund visit www.business.gov.au/MMF